The program recreates world-famous Disney stories through football across Scotland, as research has shown that storytelling can engage children in sports. The stated objective is to increase the number of girls participating; The initiative is aimed at children aged five to eight who are not yet playing football.
In addition to Scotland, 22 other UEFA member associations have chosen to use the Playmakers program in schools, clubs and other settings. In the first year alone, over 1,000 girls are expected to benefit.
Disney characters in the role of narrator
Using a unique narrative approach, with Disney characters taking on the role of narrators, the program seeks to increase the percentage of girls who meet the WHO’s minimum physical activity requirements – currently only 16%.
In the first issue, Playmakers follows the plot of Disney’s worldwide hits Frozen 2 and The Incredibles 2. Using soccer balls, slipcovers and cones, qualified instructors will encourage participants to put themselves in the shoes of popular characters such as Elastigirl, Elsa and Anna, and bring them to life through movement, teamwork and imagination.
Fiona McIntyre, head of girls and women’s football at the Scottish Football Association, said: “The UEFA Playmaker programme, created in partnership with Disney, is an initiative close to our hearts as we believe the unique style and special format is tailored across the country. of young girls and will arouse their interest in football.”
This article is originally from . belongs to UEFA Direct No 196